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US seeks more security at some foreign airports




In Deir Izzour, the Islamic State took over Boqros after the Al Nusrah Front, Ahrar al Sham, and other Islamic Front factions withdrew; the IS also took control of the Attank oilfield from a sharia body consisting of Al Nusrah, the Army of Islam, and other Islamic Front factions; and negotiated terms for the surrender of former Al Nusrah stronghold Al Shihl, requiring residents to repent, turn over weapons and fighters, and vacate the city for 10 days. Demonstrators in Ghranij protested against the IS. In Raqqah, regime airstrikes targeted IS in Raqqah City and by the 17th Division. In Aleppo, the IS clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters near Ayn al Arab; and Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front battled regime forces. In Reef Dimashq, Al Nusrah bombed a regime convoy near al Qalamoun, and the Islamic Front clashed with regime forces in western Ghouta. The Islamic Front also fought against regime forces in Homs and Quneitra.




Syrians to constitute third of Lebanese population




Airport security may be tightened permanently after US warning - UK deputy prime minister




Islamic State consolidates gains in eastern Syria

With the fall of Mayadin as well as Shujail, the home town of the Al Nusrah Front's emir, the Islamic State controls contiguous territory along the Euphrates River Valley from the town of Jarabulus, which borders Turkey, in Syria's northern Aleppo province to the town of Anah in Anbar province in Iraq.


Islamic State seizes oil field and towns in Syria's east




Iran's near invisible Quds Force commander




The Islamic State (formerly ISIS) clashed with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour, where the IS took over Al Rez, bombarded areas in Al Shhil said to have served as Al Nusrah's main headquarters in Syria, arrested people in Albu Kamal, and was targeted by regime airstrikes near Al Bisri. In Raqqah, the IS called for people to people swear allegiance to IS caliph al Baghdadi as Amir Al Mumnin (commander of the believers), and regime airstrikes targeted IS-held areas in Raqqah city. In Aleppo, the IS battled the Islamic Front, the Al Akrad Front Brigade, and rebels. Eleven rebel groups in Aleppo and Raqqah, including the Raqqa Rebel Brigade and the Kurdish Front, threatened to quit fighting if they do not receive reinforcements and weapons within a week. Jaysh al Islam leader Zahran Alloush called IS fighters "dirty bastards, with an evil ideology," and urged efforts against the IS. In Reef Dimashq, the Islamic Front and Jaysh al Islam clashed with the IS in Mida'a and with regime forces in Ayn Terma: and both the Islamic Front and Al Nusrah fought against regime forces near Esal El Wared on the Syrian- Lebanese border and near Al Mleha. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front also battled regime forces in Homs and Idlib. Regime authorities removed roadblocks in western Damascus, citing improved security.




Top Kurdish spy chief says French jihadists fighting in Iraq




Chechen in Syria a rising leader in extremist group




Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb calls for reconciliation between jihadist groups

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has issued a statement praising the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham's (ISIS) gains in Iraq and calling for reconciliation between jihadist groups in Syria. The statement was authored prior to the ISIS declaring that it ruled over a caliphate and rebranding itself the "Islamic State."


Russia seeks UN ban on oil trade with 'terrorists' in Syria




The Islamic State (formerly ISIS) took over Albu Kamal and clashed with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Deir Izzour near Al Shhih, said to be the home town of Al Nusrah's emir; battled the Islamic Front and Jaysh al Islam in eastern Ghouta in Reef Dimashq; and was attacked by regime airstrikes in Raqqah and Hasakah. Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front were attacked by regime airstrikes in Deraa, clashed with regime forces in Aleppo, and battled regime forces near Mleha in Reef Dimashq. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Latakia; in Homs; in Hama near the military airport and Morek; and in Idlib, where Jund al Aqsa continued to launch mortars into Idlib city. Nine rebel groups, including the Islamic Front and the Majlis Shura al Mujahideen (MSM) in Deir Izzor, denounced the IS' declaration of its caliphate.




Patriarchs call on region's Christians to hold on to their lands




ISIS militants outline chilling 5-year plan for global domination




ISIS raises flag at Turkish border




Does the Islamic State have a Scud missile




Iraq, Syria and the Middle East - An essay by Tony Blair




The Islamic State's rivals in Syria reject announced Caliphate

The Islamic State's jihadist rivals in Syria have rejected its claim to have established a Caliphate. Leading ideologues in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda's official branch in Syria, have rejected the Islamic State's announcement as well.


The Islamic State (formerly ISIS) killed Jaysh al Islam fighters in a car bombing in Ghouta, executed seven Jaysh al Islam fighters in Mid'a, and arrested 25 more. The IS also arrested three people in Raqqah for not fasting; clashed with Kurdish YPG fighters at a checkpoint in Hasakah; bombarded villages near Ektrin and fought against Al Nusrah, the Islamic Front, Al Akrad Front Brigade, and rebels in Aleppo; and clashed with the Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front in Albu Kamal in Deir Izzour after bringing in reinforcements from Iraq through al Qaim. The IS also battled Al Nusrah and the Islamic Front near Al Shhil in Deir Izzour, a town considered an Al Nusrah headquarters. Regime forces attacked Al Nusrah in Deraa; and in Aleppo, where Al Nusrah was joined by the Islamic Front and the Jaysh al Mujahideen. The Islamic Front also clashed with regime forces in Deraa; Damascus; and Hama, where it downed a regime aircraft, and the house of an ex-governor of Deraa was blown up by unknown gunmen. In Idlib, the Islamist group Jund al Aqsa launched mortars into regime-held areas of Idlib city, killing at least 15 people, including women and children, and wounding 50, and warned "ordinary Muslims" to stay away from gatherings of regime forces.